Real estate and commercial lawyer Javi Khanijau, based in Harrogate, has joined national firm Excello Law. Qualifying in 2005, Javi has extensive experience dealing with commercial agreements and transactions, often with a focus on complex scenarios such as real estate, banking and finance, development, construction and commercial contracts. He joined Excello having run his own practice for more than a decade.

Javi works for major property developers, national property companies and retailers and has advised on complex Hilton branded multi million hotel developments; on acquisitions and disposals for TJ Hughes and acted on behalf of the UK distributors for the Guess and Joop brands. He also has expertise on complex lease negotiations and banking arrangements involving asset-based funding and sharia compliant funding.

On joining the firm, Javi said: “I am delighted to have joined the team. Excello is well known for offering exceptional levels of client care and for getting the best outcomes through its commercially focused innovative approach. The support network is also truly outstanding.”

Joanne Losty, director at Excello, said: “Javi is an experienced real estate and commercial lawyer and joins a significant national team across these two specialisms. We’re delighted to have him on board.

“With an office in Leeds, and further expansion planned across the region, we’re continuing to enjoy great interest from lawyers looking to work in a more liberating environment and collaborative culture and would be pleased to hear from senior professionals from within Yorkshire and the wider region.”